LEPHALALE — On Saturday, 01 April 2017 Puno Business Administration held its first launch in Lephalale town. Emerging entrepreneurs Danias Uyiria, Bonnywell Ramoroka, Peter Mapaya and Thabo Mahlobo delivered inspiring and motivational steps to starting an entrepreneurial journey.
Businesswoman Mrs Lona Baloi spoke firmly from a feminist perspective about businesses working together to reach greater heights.
She said the reason most Small Micro Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) suffer great losses is because entrepreneurs want to do everything and get everything by themselves.
She emphasised the importance of co-operatives and having organogram structures that complete a company showing positions from CEO’s to subordinates; as opposed to being the only director and jack of all trades in the business.
Puno Business Administration’s launch saw mainly black, aspiring entrepreneurs coming from different corners to take advantage of rich advice coming from a government structure, Limpopo Economic Development Agency, (LEDA) that spoke about inconsistent entrepreneurial behaviour observed in Lephalale.
According to Matsobane Kekana, who is in Enterprise Development, a lot of black businesses do not work together and that weakens them putting them at a disadvantage when it comes to competing with already established businesses.
Kekana says LEDA experiences problems with people who go into business because they recently lost their job. He says such people are always bound to leave business and go back to work if an employment opportunity arises or the going gets tough.
Previously LEDA is said to have assisted aspiring entrepreneurs financially, who later disappeared without using the money correctly, only to come back later to reclaim more business grants.
Puno Business Administration director and one of the organisers of the event, Mathapelo Moila, said they want to host continuous seminars in Lephalale as small businesses have no support, they also want to create a link between SMMEs and big corporates.
“We wish to see different business owners networking so that they get to know and help each to achieve their goals.
We also appeal to stakeholders to support small initiatives like this seminar in future.
Another way to make entrepreneurs successful is to create a strong relationship between those who are already in with those who are starting up.
Therefore, it is very important to create a strong network, contacts and good reference.
Over and above no man is an island.”
Moila says she would love to see the youth attend such functions to learn what business is about and to understand the disadvantages and advantages of running a business.
The theme for this year was to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit in Lephalale and to make entrepreneurship excellent in many ways.